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It doesn’t come naturally to pray for someone who has hurt you but it is exactly what Jesus asks us to do. There’s good psychology behind it though. Read Two Reasons to Pray For Those Who Hurt You written by Allison Ricciardi, LMHC and discover why what doesn’t seem natural, nor easy, is for your best. Related posts: Be Part of the Solution with the Rosary Crusade Key Components of Effective...read more
The concept of manhood being synonymous with godliness is not a concept that is largely supported in today’s culture. The culture is at war with the family, especially its youngest and most vulnerable members. Our boys are bombarded with harmful and enticing messages from movies and television, from the rock-music industry, from the advocates of so-called safe-sex ideology, and from the...read more
Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, or family violence) is a pattern of behavior which involves violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation. Emotional abuse is abuse regardless if...read more
It’s not hard to find victims today – individuals and groups of people who have been hurt, marginalized, violated, or humiliated. We live in a tough world which seems to be getting tougher all the time. For many their gripes are legitimate. They got a bad deal or a bad rap. Sometimes it wasn’t their fault at all, and other times, it wasn’t entirely their fault. Their punishment for...read more
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I sat next to my cousin’s adorable 2 year old, Lily, at a family bridal shower on Sunday. It was her first “all ladies” event and she was so excited to go with mommy while daddy and big brother stayed behind. She ate her pasta, ignored the salad, and then came every child’s favorite: the chicken fingers and fries. Since I usually eat a healthier diet, the sight of them actually jarred me. It’s...read more
All seems to be going well until it’s not. It’s at this point the nagging questions surface and it’s easy to start dissecting everything about the relationship and the sudden break up you find yourself navigating through. Whatever the reason a guy (or girl) may end the dating relationship, we need to find a way to cope with it and move forward. Read what relationship counselor Allison Ricciardi...read more
Listen to audio podcast of Allison Ricciardi, LMHC on Relevant Radio's "The Drew Mariani Show". U.S. suicide rate has risen sharply in the 21st century according to a recent federal government data report.read more
One of the facts of life is that it’s not fair. Things happen that we’re not necessarily responsible for and yet can be affected by deeply. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, sinned and we each carry the burden of that Original Sin, leaving us weakened toward actual sins in our own lives. It’s the reality of the human condition. Parents sin. They’re human. Often children carry the...read more
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Have you ever felt sad and happy at the same time? It’s an odd feeling trying to reconcile two opposite emotions. Feelings can be strange bedfellows at times. The past couple of days brought sadness at the passing of Mother Angelica but also abundant and deep joy for her to be called home on Easter Sunday. God is so amazingly faithful. Mother was the fourth of my four heroes, now joining Bishop...read more
One can readily assert that there are many conditions that are needed to be truly happy. Health, good relationships, satisfying work, and purpose are the first that come to mind. But my own experience and professional observation leads me to conclude that there is one requirement that trumps all others. Without this, it is unlikely you’ll ever be truly happy. I struggled with being happy for a...read more